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Bailey Feistner competed and was named the 2020 Jr. Miss Black Hills Roundup Rodeo. Feistner competed on Monday, June 29, in the following categories: fashion forward, impromptu questions, inpromptu speech, modeling, interview and horsemanship.  She won the categories of speech, personal appearance and the All Around Jr. Miss Title. Bailey represented her title at events throughout the Fourth of July holiday by carrying flags at the rodeos, attending sponsor and radio interviews, making a parade appearance and attending many other events.  

The Black Hills Roundup Rodeo is a PRCA rodeo which is held in Belle Fourche.  It is a long standing rodeo with history going back to World War I where the event originally started as a fundraiser for the Red Cross. Belle Fourche was alive with events as 2020 marked the 101st year of the rodeo. 

Bailey is the daughter of Brian and Jennifer Feistner, of Woonsocket.

PIERRE – More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $500,000 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

“South Dakota has a disproportionately high number of WNV cases when compared to other states. Local mosquito control efforts play a vital role in protecting our communities,” said Bill Chalcraft, administrator of public health preparedness and response for the Department of Health.

All applying communities received funding, with grants ranging from $500 to $20,000. Grant awards were based on the population of the applying jurisdiction and its history of human WNV cases through 2019.

Since its first human WNV case in 2001, the state has reported 2,612 human cases and 46 deaths. Every county has reported cases.

Including this latest round of grants, the state has provided local mosquito control programs with more than $8.5 million in support, in either direct grant funding or control chemicals, since the virus emerged in South Dakota.

Letcher was awarded $2,157, and Woonsocket was awarded $2,482.

Visit westnile.sd.gov for more West Nile prevention information.

In the early 1900s, farmers of the Midwest became upset with what they saw as big business-owned elevators and railroad monopolies cheating them out of hard-earned money by buying low from producers and selling high to customers. This brought about the rise in popularity of the Nonpartisan League, which was a political organization of farmers. The national Nonpartisan League only allowed farmers to become members of the organization, but also worked cooperatively with workmen and laborers. According to an article published in the June 24, 1920, Sanborn County Herald-Times, there were over 200,000 members across more than a dozen states. 

The League’s platform stated that a state-owned system including a terminal elevator and flour mill, a state-owned cattle slaughtering plant, state inspection of grain, state hail insurance and low interest loans from rural-credit banks would create a fairer place for farmers to sell their product and thrive in their businesses. In the Dec. 4, 1919, issue of the Sanborn County Herald-Times, it is quoted that “the farmers’ organizations never have, nor do they now demand anything more than the all-round square deal.”

The Nonpartisan League controlled North Dakota state politics from 1916 to 1921. According to ndstudies.gov, the founding organizers were Albert Bowen and Arthur C. Townley, who previously helped organize the Socialist Party in North Dakota. According to Chris Maier in his article “The Farmers’ Fight for Representation: Third-Party Politics in South Dakota, 1889-1918, “farmers who felt abused by the capitalist elite” liked the ideas of the Nonpartisan League and those it endorsed. The League’s influence led to the establishment of the State Mill and Elevator and the State Bank in North Dakota. 

The Nonpartisan League gained traction in many states besides North Dakota, and notably, in South Dakota. Townley traveled from community to community in a Model T, visiting with farmers and drumming up support. In order to make more appearances in a day, Townley later began using an airplane to travel to his various events. 

…Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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